Clair Bien – Short Bio

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Hearing Voices, Living Fully: Claire Bien, M.Ed., is a writer and grant writer at The Connection. She is also a voice hearer and formed the...

In Memory of Sandra Escher, Pioneer on Voice-Hearing

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Sandra Escher, who helped create a foundation for the Hearing Voices movement, recently passed away. She was the first researcher in the field of children who hear voices.

Trusting People as Experts of Themselves: Sera Davidow on the Wildflower Peer Support Line

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Sera Davidow is a filmmaker, activist, advocate, author, and mother of two very busy kids. As a survivor of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse...

Overdose Epidemic Sending More and More Children to Foster Care

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From Mother Jones: The total number of foster care entries has slowly dwindled, but entries due to parental drug use jumped from roughly 40,000 in 2000 to nearly 100,000 in 2017.

David Fox – Short Bio

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David Fox is a registered psychologist and couples counselor. His book, Change your Life, was written to assist people in making positive changes in their lives and to...

A Dreaded Part of Teachers’ Jobs: Restraining and Secluding Students

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From NPR: "There's a tension within me of knowing that if I am to restrain a student, then I'm essentially putting forth a situation that's going to create trauma for that student."

Oryx Cohen – Short Bio

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Healing Voices: Oryx is a leader in the international consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement. Currently, he is the Director of the National Empowerment Center’s Technical Assistance Center....

David Cohen – Short Bio

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Beyond Health and Illness: David Cohen, a researcher, author, professor of social welfare at UCLA and practicing clinical social worker for over 30 years,...

Dr. Gabor Maté on the Truth About ADHD and Anxiety

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From The Joe Rogan Experience: "The so-called experts say that ADHD is 'the most heritable mental illness there is,'" says renowned physician Gabor Maté. "But I say, it's neither an illness, nor is it heritable."

Jonathan Dosick – Short Bio

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Toward Peer-Friendly Public Policy: A peer activist, Jonathan Dosick writes about obstacles his community faces due to continuing refusal by governments, industry and the public...
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The Voices My Daughter Hears

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The voices were extraordinary; in a way, they were like ghosts. I could not see them, but only divine them by the turmoil they stirred up in Annie. They were not polite house ghosts who knew when to leave; they were ne’er-do-wells she could not get rid of. They were tormentors and torturers, testing the limits of her sanity, blackmailing her into submission.

The Nurtured Heart Approach Goes Mainstream: Research and Experience Support “Celebrating Greatness in Every...

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The Nurtured Heart Approach represents a massive shift in thinking—about schooling, about children and how to raise them, about how we regard those with intensity, and about the medical model pathologizing them.
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Kick Big Pharma Out of the Classroom

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School-based strategies such as the “talk to your doctor” campaign about any childhood problem have been extremely effective in helping the pharmaceutical industry to marginalize traditional child-rearing practices and replace them with advice from mental health “experts” and the use of dangerous drugs. These campaigns are reminiscent of now-illegal vintage tobacco ads in which doctors endorsed cigarette smoking.

Mo Hannah: Changing the Teaching of the Biological Model

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Maureen Hannah, a Professor of Psychology at Siena College, New York, tells of experiences with the psychiatric system, both personally and professionally, and how poor care in the mental health system led to an unexpected and devastating family loss.
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If We Knew What We Know Now

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I never questioned the adults around me or wondered if the medications were necessary. Of course they were necessary. A doctor said so.

What If This Pandemic Is the Best Thing to Happen to Children with Challenges?

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Families may be worried that the stress of lockdown may aggravate their child’s struggles. Yet, we hear some parents say the situation has changed their child for the better. Why might that be? In this interview, Dr. Nicole Beurkens talks about the impact of “quarantine life” on children with different types of behavioral, emotional, and neurodevelopmental challenges.

Giovanni Fava – Op-Ed Bio

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Giovanni Andrea Fava earned his medical degree from the University of Padova in 1977.  In Padova he also completed his residency training in psychiatry.  After...

Jacqueline Simon Gunn, PsyD – Short Bio

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Jacqueline Simon Gunn, PsyD, is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Manhattan, a freelance writer and author. She is the former Psychology Internship...

Healing Youth with Nature and Connection: An Interview with Peter Mayfield

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An interview with Peter Mayfield, founder and Executive Director of the Gateway Mountain Center. Peter talks of his journey from mountaineering to his role as an educator and mentor, and how enabling children and adolescents to connect with nature has such a profound effect on their health and wellbeing.

A Nurse’s Nightmare: Child Nearly Dies from ADHD Drug

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My hope and prayer is that this dramatic look at a negative effect of this class of drugs will help you understand that, in my professional assessment, their risks outweigh their benefits.

Tristano Ajmone – Short Bio

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Tristano Ajmone is a libertarian psychiatric survivor, much influenced by Thomas Szasz’s writings and friendship. Tristano doesn’t believe in the existence of mental illness,...

“Pollution’s Mental Toll”: A Talk with Journalist Kristina Marusic

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The reporter explains how air and water pollution affect our brains, why children are so vulnerable, and what to do about it.

The Cost of Forced ‘Psychiatric Care’ Like Britney Spears Got Can Be Ruinous

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From NPR: While hospitals sometimes absorb the cost, patients can be left with ruined credit, endless collection calls and additional mistrust of the mental health care system.

Abused by Psychiatrists After a BPD Misdiagnosis

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If you don't realize that you are autistic, your intellectual, sensory, social, and emotional differences are a mystery, even to you.
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The Abused Children to Bipolar Pipeline

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The mental health system traumatized me further. They were allies with my abusers to cover up and continue my abuse.